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Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican,
in the first major work he has written in the role.
"preferred a Church that was "bruised, hurting and dirty because
it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from
being confined and from clinging to its own security".
Maybe it had something to do with the US closing the embassy
The high level negotiations in Rome during 2013 have concentrated on a land deal mainly relating to a Vatican desire to build two centers in Israel. The first real estate issue concerns the building of a new church (one that the Catholic Church has wanted for some time) in the Caesaria National Park. This, an area where a church dedicated to St. Paul once stood, is now an archaeological and tourist area. Israel is prepared to approve the construction of a church provided it does not display religious symbols on the exterior.
The second issue concerns some land on Mount Zion in Jerusalem owned by the Vatican. The Holy See wants to build a church on that property which is currently used as a parking lot. Israel has not agreed to this proposal but has offered an alternative piece of land on which a church can be built. Israel has also decided to allow an area on Mount Zion, known as the Cenacle, the highest point on the Mount, where the Last Supper supposedly took place, to become open to Catholic worshippers, a decision which the Vatican has long requested. The site, presently a tourist attraction, will be administered by the Franciscans, who hold that they were guardians of this site before the Ottoman Empire took it over in the 16th century. Under this agreement Israel will retain ownership of the land.
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reply to post by InTheLight
Maybe he thought it was time to throw a few of his own under the bus ...Canada's harper government has decided to do the same thing recently ..I guess when the plebs get a little ancie its time for a pound of flesh to be sacrificed .
"This is a sort of Magna Carta document which shows he really intends
to shake things up," John Thavis, who has covered the Vatican for 30 years
and is the author of a recent book, The Vatican Diaries, told The Telegraph.
reply to post by burntheships
The Church is not The Vatican ..She seems to be only the whore that has been riding the Beast ...
John is astonished at what he sees. He sees the harlot holding the cup of the covenant which she has defiled with worldliness. But she is not worshiping Jesus Christ in her heart of hearts. Nor is she giving homage to the One to whom all honor and worship is due. No, she is intoxicated with herself, even Luciferian selfism and religious humanism. She is drunk with power. Her power!
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously,
so much torment and sorrow give her:
for she saith in her heart,
I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.